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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Feds open Minnesota conservation land to grazing, cutting

    With rain-ruined grasslands and hay fields unavailable to feed livestock, the federal government has decided to let ranchers in seven Minnesota counties graze their animals and cut hay on land usually reserved for conservation. The emergency measures are...
  • OPM releases rules for phased retirement

    OPM releases rules for phased retirement
    Bob Fireovid, a national program leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, has been planning to retire in late September. But now that the Office of Personnel Management has finally released its long-awaited guidelines on phased...
  • Farmers worry over forecasts of another strong corn harvest

    With what appears to be another exceptional corn harvest headed our way, you might think farmers would be shopping for new trucks and planning pricey vacations. But for many of them particularly those who rent their farmland 2014 looks like it's bringing...
  • Tyson Foods looks for other pork export markets after China ban

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc plans to find other export markets for its pork products after a recent delivery to China triggered an export ban of half its U.S. hog slaughterhouses, the company told Reuters Friday. The Agriculture Department...
  • Voluntown Library receives $34,278 grant toward expansion

    Voluntown Public Library is one step closer to its hoped-for expansion, thanks to a $34,278 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture announced Aug. 5. The Community Facility Grant from the USDA's Rural Development Fund will help finance a...
  • Choices abound when buying eggs

    Choices abound when buying eggs
    Decades ago, eggs were brown or white, big or small. Now you need a scorecard to choose: cage-free, organic, humanely raised or pasture-raised — not to mention prices that can run from less than $2 to $8 for a dozen. At the heart of the confusion?...
  • In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting

    In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government scientist working with bird flu rushed through lab procedures in order to get to a staff meeting, setting off what could have been a fatal mishap, health officials said on Friday. They said the U.S. Centers for...
  • Long time waiting

    From our perspective, so many of the problems facing residents of the Southeast Community in Newport News stem from a lack of economic opportunity. The neighborhood is among the poorest in the region and putting it on a path to prosperity will require...
  • The way of the past: Smithfield's only competitor in Isle of Wight County grows hogs 12 at a time

    The way of the past: Smithfield's only competitor in Isle of Wight County grows hogs 12 at a time
    It's noontime on a humid day early in June. It stormed in Isle of Wight the night before, leaving lots of fresh mud for Pete Edwards' hogs to roll around in. Edwards, a soft-spoken, bright-eyed man, stands in the pig pen dripping sweat while mud-caked...
  • State to consider emergency protection for tricolored blackbird

    State to consider emergency protection for tricolored blackbird
    The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday will consider an emergency listing of the tricolored blackbird as a threatened or endangered species in response to a statewide survey showing its population has plummeted 44% since 2011. The...
  • White potatoes filled with vital nutrients

    Perhaps George J. Motsay's letter to the editor is pointing to information from a 2005 report by the Institute of Medicine, which used now-obsolete nutritional recommendations and outdated consumption data from the mid-1990s to justify excluding...